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ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 'Let The Church Say Amen' Optioned For BET Original, Regina King Directs

Shadow and Act By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act July 4, 2012 at 3:53PM

According to author ReShonda Tate Billingsby, winner of the Gold Pen Award for Best New Author for My Brother's Keeper, her 2005 novel Let The Church Say Amen will be adapted as a BET Original film, which is set to be directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit Company.
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Let The Church Say Amen

According to author ReShonda Tate Billingsby, winner of the Gold Pen Award for Best New Author for My Brother's Keeper, her 2005 novel Let The Church Say Amen will be adapted as a BET Original film, which is set to be directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit Company.

Here's what the author had to say about the project via her blog:

LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN...The Movie...FINALLY!!!!!! 

I am thrilled to finally be able to say we are moving forward with Let the Church Say Amen...the movie!!! 

Some of you know this has been a long journey filled with delays and frustrations. But patience pays off! Let the Church Say Amen is going into production in August. Talented actress Regina King is still on board to make her directorial debut, and I'm ecstatic to share the news that Queen Latifah's Flava Unit Company will produce what will be among the first in original movies for BET!  

R King

BET is revamping their original programming and I am so honored to be in their family! On the next update, I hope to be able to give you casting, and specific details, but for now, join me in celebrating seeing a huge dream come true!!! 

No other information regarding the production has been released, but I'm sure we'll hear something sooner than later.

Let The Church Say Amen centers around a Reverend of a renowned small church in Houston; while the reverend seems to be doing a fine job mentoring his church, his family is under chaos.

Here's a full description of the book by Amazon:

Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead and he's done a good job of it, transforming his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend's been busy tending his flock, his family's gone astray. His nineteen-year-old daughter, Rachel, gives new meaning to "baby mama drama." Crazy in love with her son's father, she's wreaking havoc on the man's life, even though he's about to marry another woman. David, Simon's oldest at twenty-seven, has been spiraling downward ever since a knee injury ended a promising football career. These days he's seeking solace in drugs -- even feeding his habit by stealing church offerings. Blessedly, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan, a college graduate and the apple of Simon's eye, is poised to take his father's side as associate pastor -- or so everyone thinks.

Loretta has been a devoted wife to Simon, but she's beginning to realize that enabling him to give more to the church than to his children was her biggest mistake. As things begin to fall apart and secrets are revealed, will Loretta be able to help her husband reunite their tattered family before it's too late?

Let the Church Say Amen is a powerful journey through one family's trials -- and a remarkable story of reconciliation and love.

I haven't read the book, so I don't really know what to expect. Have you? Are you excited about the film adaptation?

This article is related to: Regina King, Book To Film


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